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Seven Fun Facts About Disney’s Lady and the Tramp Remake


You can watch Lady and the Tramp, streaming exclusively on Disney+, starting on November 12, 2019. 

We’re just a few days away from the launch of Disney+. You can finally watch the Lady and the Tramp remake on November 12th when the streaming service goes live!  What better way to celebrate the end of Lady and the Tramp week here at As The Bunny Hops than with seven fun facts about the upcoming film? 

To Animate Or Not To Animate, That Is The Question 

Lady and the Tramp is a live-action remake, and that means plenty of real-life pups. That doesn’t mean the film didn’t need a little computer-animated help. One of the big decisions the filmmakers had to make was when to use real dogs and when to head to the computer. They decided that they would use the real pups whenever the dogs were doing things a dog would naturally do. If the scene required a very specific facial performance or specific timing, animated canines were utilized.

Location, Location, Location

The film takes place around 1910, so the filmmakers needed a town steeped in history. They chose Savannah in order to take advantage of the beautifully preserved historic areas located throughout the town. 


So. Many. Dogs.

Although the film is called Lady and the Tramp, that doesn’t mean Lady and Tramp were the only dogs around. The film had a cast of 16 dogs trained for the film, not including the canine “extras” present in the pound scene. There are seven dogs in the film with “speaking roles”.

He’s A Tramp, But We Love Him

It was important that as many of the dogs as possible used in the film were from shelters, but it was imperative that the dogs cast as Tramp were rescues. Both Monte, the primary Tramp, and Billy Idol, his backup, were found through rescue agencies. 


It’s The Story You Know and Love

The Lady and the Tramp remake is a faithful retelling of the original animated film, but it does have small tweaks here and there. One of those changes was expanding on Tramp’s story in the film. When you watch the remake, you should expect to see many of the scenes you know and love, but it’s definitely not a shot for shot remake. 


What About The Cats? 

It wouldn’t be Lady and the Tramp without a few destructive cats making things difficult for Lady. Unlike the dogs, there was never a plan to use real cats in the film. They did use a specific breed of cat for the visual references, but they knew that training real cats wouldn’t be realistic for the destructive scenes. Instead, the cats were created with a little digital magic. 


If You Can’t Find It, Build It

There wasn’t a hillside available in Savannah where they could shoot the classic nighttime scene for the film. To solve that problem they built a hill behind their soundstage. That picture above? It’s filmed on a large, wooden ramp covered in sod! You can see the custom-built hillside and more when Lady and the Tramp launches on Disney+! 

About The Lady And The Tramp Remake

In Disney+’s “Lady and the Tramp,” a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home. Life is good for Lady, an overachieving American Cocker Spaniel who resides in an upscale suburban neighborhood. Her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, spoil her daily and her neighbors, Jock, an outspoken Scottish Terrier and Trusty, a world-weary Bloodhound, are always within barking distance. But when a baby enters the picture, Lady is no longer the center of attention, and the arrival of catloving Aunt Sarah only complicates matters. Lady soon finds herself alone on the streets in an unwelcoming part of town. Fortunately, Tramp steps in, and the streetwise mongrel is quick to teach her the ways of the world. Before long, the prim and proper pure bred and the fast-talking mutt are partaking in moonlight strolls in the park and romantic spaghetti dinners by candlelight. Tramp savors the independence of a world without leashes or fences alongside his roguish friends Peg and Bull, but Lady misses the comfort and safety of a family, and soon both must decide where – and with whom – they belong. A heartwarming romantic adventure that seamlessly combines live action and photorealistic animation, “Lady and the Tramp” stars: Tessa Thompson as the voice of Lady and Justin Theroux as the voice of Tramp; Kiersey Clemons as Darling; Thomas Mann as Jim Dear; Janelle Monáe as the voice of Peg; Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah; and Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty. The film is directed by Charlie Bean from a screenplay by Andrew Bujalski and Kari Granlund, and is produced by Brigham Taylor with Diane L. Sabatini serving as executive producer.

“Lady and the Tramp” premieres on November 12, 2019, streaming only on Disney+.

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